Bricklaying Apprentices Building Their Future

Lee Marley Brickwork apprentices Danny, Adam, Kavi and Mason are working towards their Level 2 trade qualification, which involves laying drain runs and building traditional inspection chambers, as well as concrete examples. For concreting they have to complete a tamped finish, brush finish with edging trowel, trowel/smooth finish and stone washed finish.

The three week block is the second of this academic year, the previous three week block involved building semi-circular and segmental arches as well as serpentine walls (concaved-convex) attached piers with raking cuts and herringbone panels.

The first session in March 2023 was the first time tutor, Charles Thorp met the group and had a lot to learn, but by the end of the three weeks they produced a number of jobs including basket weave panel with dentil course, stringer course and brick on edge, there was also a bonus of a pier with a mitred brick on edge by student Adam Talbot.

The students will go to End Point Assessment (EPA) where they will have a two day practical test in front of an unknown independent assessor, one hour audio recorded professional discussion and then return to college for a theory exam.